The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
A blog post by Ross Brannigan
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
On 3 December, I stepped into the offices of Keep Scotland Beautiful – my first shift in a real full-time job. Soon, I will be waving goodbye to this incredible organisation, which has given me so many opportunities and taught me so much. Thus, it seems a good time to reflect on the past five months and write about this brilliant group of people
I stumbled upon a job posting on Adopt an Intern (AAI) – a site where companies list internship opportunities. Internships can get quite a bad reputation: usually the image of an unpaid graduate making coffee and being sent to cover jobs no one else wants to do springs to mind.
AAI is not like that. It helps people find paid opportunities to get their foot on the career ladder. I had tried a few career paths during university, most notably journalism, writing and eventually being editor-in-chief of my student newspaper, as well as working for the BBC and other organisations as a freelance.
I continued to hone my ‘nose’ for news and finding the hook in a story. Above all, I love communication. Listening to and speaking to people, telling stories and understanding what makes people excited and motivated is what really interests me. I had hoped I could somehow pull this passion together with my love for the outdoors.
Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to work as a Communications Intern at Keep Scotland Beautiful, if nothing more than to direct my career path and help me learn more about what I wanted to do with myself.
Instantly, I connected with the people in the office. Even in my interview, I was welcomed so warmly – which really helps in an interview to calm the nerves! Since then, that feeling has only increased, with my becoming much more than just an intern but a genuine member of the team.
With that in mind, here are five things I have learned and would tell someone coming to work as an intern for Keep Scotland Beautiful:
I have loved my time at Keep Scotland Beautiful. I am now moving on to work in a full-time and permanent role with another environmental charity, and I know everything I have learned in this role has prepared me perfectly for the future.
I have had every opportunity I could have asked for – from social media strategies to media briefs, from website design to procuring and then dressing up as The Beano’s Dennis and Gnasher!
I will miss this team, but I am so excited for the future!